Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer are sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement and they restore the holiness of their outward lives; how much more effectively the blood of Christ, who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice to God through the eternal Spirit, can purify our inner self from dead actions so that we do our service to the living God.
He brings a new covenant, as the mediator, only so that the people who were called to an eternal inheritance may actually receive what was promised: his death took place to cancel the sins that infringed the earlier covenant.
Second reading for Corpus Christi
The Letter to the Hebrews offers an extended reflection on the connection between the covenantal love of God made available and applied through the Temple cult of Israel and the covenantal love of God newly made available to all of humankind by the redemption won for us in Christ.
In Christ we find the new altar, sacrifice and priest: we find the one who is God with us and for us.
- Where do we need that love?
- Bring your needs to the Lord in prayer.
Painting. Church of St Nicolas, Nantes. (c) 2016, Allen Morris